Staff Profiles

Dr. Florence Mmatshiamo Nareetsile

Dr Florence Nareetsile

Faculty of Science


Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 237 Office 249
Phone: +267 355 2488
Email Dr. Florence Mmatshiamo Nareetsile

BSc (University of Botswana)

MSc(University of Bristol, UK)

PhD(University of the Witwatersrand, RSA)

Inorganic and solid state chemist focusing in design, structural elucidation and reactivity of organometallic compounds, plant based nano-materials , supra-molecular structures with possible applications in drug discovery, mineral recovery, catalysis, energy and water purification systems. Published 14 papers in peer reviewed journals and have over 30 conference abstracts and presentations. Over twenty five years of University Teaching experience. President of the Chemical Society of Botswana. Capacity builder of young crystallographers and early career chemists in the country and Southern African region.

General Chemistry

Main group Chemistry

Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis

Coordination Chemistry and Non-aqueous Chemistry

Solid State Chemistry


Organometallic  Synthesis and Structural elucidation

Green Synthesis of Nanomaterials

Metal recovery from polluted water systems

Solid-state transformations with applications in synthetic chemistry and pharmaceuticals 

Investigation of Indegeneous plants for utilisation in medicine and environmental management


Synthesis and characterisation of ligands and their corresponding metal complexes with possible applications as antibiotic and anti-cancer agents

Synthesis and Characterisation of plant-based materials with applications in water purification

Structural determination and monitoring solid state reactivity using X-ray diffraction (Powder and Single crystal), Spectroscopic (NMR, DRIFTS, , UV-VIS) and thermal analysis methods (TGA and DSC)


Florence Nareetsile, Scotch Ndlovu, James T.P. Matshwele and Mustapha Ngaski; Transition Metal Complexes with HIV/AIDS Inhibitory Properties; Review Article, Chemical Reviews and Letters, 2020 In Press

James T. P Matswele, Florence Nareetsile, Daphne Mapolelo, Pearl Matshameko, Melvin Leteane, David O. Nkwe, Sebusi Odisitse, 2020, Synthesis of Mixed Ligand Ruthenium (II/III) Complexes and Their Antibacterial Evaluation on Drug-Resistant Bacterial Organisms, Journal of Chemistry,Volume 2020, Article ID 2150419, 10 pages.

Irene Wangari Maina, Veronica Obuseng, and Florence Nareetsile, 2016,
Use of Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Seed Pods and Sclerocarya Birrea (Morula) Nut Shells for Removal of Heavy Metals from Wastewater and Borehole Water, Journal of Chemistry, Article ID 9312952, 13 pages


In pursuit of academic excellence